people believed that the Earth was the center
the universe. Out of all the stars, black holes, planets,
and cosmic dust, I'm not sure where we got this idea. The odds are
strongly against the Earth being the center of anything. It's more likely
we are just a period in the middle of some rambling discourse that has
no beginning or end. Part of an astrological filibuster.
if the postman had to deliver to all the galaxies. The charge for a letter
alone would be astronomical. And those cookies from Grandma? You'd need
a set of bionic teeth just to chew the chocolate chips after so many years
out of the oven.
knowing the taste of glue
many of us, the cost of fuel curtails our travel plans.
than finding the center of the universe, we are stuck in the center of
how did I end up
on the wrong side of the net
now and then, I try to expand my horizons. This notion usually occurs around
payday or a full moon. (Beware when these events coincide.)
vacation is only a few days. No extra time off for light-year travel. So
I content myself with finding the center of the United States. Not the
geographical center, but the population center. There's a spot on the map
where the same amount of people live to the north, south, east, and west
of a particular town.
those people who had babies after that point was decided upon. The place
is called Edgar Springs, and it's in Missouri. A mere two-hour drive away
from me. How could I not go?
Springs: population 190 (not counting the goats)
goats outnumber the people. For all I know, this town could be the goat
capital of the universe.
I saw the first goat, I thought it was a dog. But the
were a dead giveaway. That, and the fact he didn't bark when I approached
goats, and dogs
talk to them all
to local legend, Edgar Springs was named after
of its residents. The spring did not refer to water, however. It was the
jig one performed after drinking Edgar's home brew. Seems he had a thriving
still before the Civil War broke out. No one remembers what happened after
freshly painted fence
to one side
was amazing to me that the population center of the US was so void of people.
I did find a general store where I purchased a T-shirt and some root beer.
No whiskey for me with a two-hour drive home. Even if it was Edgar Springs
we there, yet?"
census bureau plaque
Note: To all you school kids out there -- this could be
a final jeopardy question so pay attention!